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Certified Nurse Midwife Program at The Women's OB/GYN Group

Over the years, an increasing number of women have chosen to be cared for by a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). Midwife means “with women,” and at The Women’s OB/GYN Group, our Certified Nurse Midwives are dedicated to helping you achieve your health and wellness goals, and work as a collaborative team with our physicians to provide the best care to pregnant women and their families. 

As you begin the exciting and emotional journey of parenthood, our CNMs are here to help you through all phases, from pregnancy and delivery to breastfeeding support and newborn care.


What Do Certified Nurse Midwives Do?

Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) provide pregnancy and birth care for low-risk women, utilizing a holistic approach that supports the natural processes of pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum care. All of our CNMs have a Master's degree, are certified through the American Midwifery Certification Board and are licensed by the Maryland State Board of Nursing.  

At The Women’s OB/GYN Group, our CNMs provide a comprehensive array of women’s services including: 

  • Management of common pregnancy issues and concerns; Our CNMs also work with closely with our physicians when advanced medical care is required.

  • Prescribing of medications, including epidural anesthesia during labor.

  • Labor management, including pain medication during labor and alternatives to pain medication for women who prefer a drug-free delivery. Our CNMs are committed to supporting you and your partner in achieving your desired birth plan. 

  • Labor and delivery – Our CNMs provide birthing support during active labor and will deliver your baby. Our CNMs attend deliveries at Saint Agnes Hospital.

  • Well-women care throughout the lifespan, including postpartum care, annual exams, family planning, management of common gynecologic problems and menopause care. 


Meet Our Certified Nurse Midwives

The Women’s OB/GYN Group is pleased to introduce our three Certified Nurse Midwives in the Columbia office to complement our exceptional obstetrics services. Our CNMs are dedicated to providing you with options for prenatal and postpartum care that best fits your individual needs during this exciting time in your life. 


Midwife- Danielle

Danielle Keene, CNM

Danielle Keene, CNM, joined our practice in October of 2014 from Mercy Hospital in Baltimore where she had been providing midwifery care since 2005 with Metropolitan OB/GYN. Danielle was previously a labor and delivery nurse at University of Maryland Hospital from 2000 to 2005. She holds a Master’s of Science in Midwifery from Shenandoah University in Winchester VA. Danielle lives with her family in Baltimore.


Helen midwife

Helen Loeffler, CNM

Helen Loeffler, CNM, joined our practice in October 2014 from Pocono Widwives and Associates in Stroudsburg, PA where she was in practice in 2012 and 2013.  Helen had previously worked as a mother-baby nurse for five years in New York and Pennsylvania.  She received her Master of Science in Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, KY. Helen lives with her family in Baltimore.


Katie DePalma CNM/WHMP

Katie DePalma CNM/WHNP

Katie DePalma CNM/WHNP, joined our practice in November of 2014. She completed her Masters of Science in Nursing, CNM/WHNP program at Georgetown University in August of 2014. She did an internship with our practice in Columbia during her training and has been a Clinical Nurse II on Labor and Delivery at Saint Agnes since 2009. Katie lives with her family in Baltimore.

To schedule an appointment with one of our Certified Nurse Midwives,
please call our office at 410-997-8444.